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STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America.* We also go a step further and custom manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures our chainsaws meet our standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

  1. 6 months ago
    Been great so far!
    Bought this 1 month ago. Running pure gas, (no ethanol) after 5 tank fulls with zero complaints. I've been running a saw for close to 20 years and was hesitant to buy a non-professional grade saw. I am pleased with the power of this saw, and it's been worked well for the short time of owning it. I dont regret buying it for one second, great home owner saw! If you want to avoid the restart issues others are having, only run ethanol free gas. But what do I know, I'm just some guy in a truck...
  2. 1 year ago
    Amazing saw for the price
    Got this saw when a buddy of mine had 4 trees blow down in his yard. Got to his house with a husquvarna and that was a joke. Went to the Stihl dealer told the salesman what I was doing and he said this saw here is the one for you and man was he right. Im only 22 years old but this saw is light and the vibration control system it has is amazing. My buddies dad has this same saw and his is 5 years old and you can tell a huge difference in the vibration in the saw after running it for 30 mins. My ... read more buddy and I cut those trees up in 2 evenings after work and loaded up a 16 ft long 6 ft wide trailer with wood 4 times. The saw performed flawlessly. The bad thing is it burns fuel like crazy. I wish Stihl had put a bigger tank on this saw. Also if you plan on cutting up more than one mature hardwood tree definitely buy more chains it will make life easier in the long run. I could go on about this saw all day. Overall just an amazing saw and it cannot be beat by any other brand.
  3. 1 year ago
    Excellent saw for the price
    I have a farm and wanted a saw that is light to use for trimming back trees along fence rows. This saw fits this need like a well tailored suit. I use ethanol free 89 octane gas with Stihl ultra 2 cycle oil and Sea Foam. It starts great and has plenty of power. Easy on gas. Some of the bad reviews on this saw I think are operator error such as cheap, dirty, or old gas.If you use cheap gas you need to use a good additive to keep gas from going bad. Some are do to exceeded expectations of what the ... read more saw was designed for like, you want a light saw with big fuel capacity, but more gas adds more weight or your cutting trees that you need a bigger saw for. Another issue is not following the starting procedure. I also have a outdoor wood burner. In 2014 I bought a Stihl ms 311 it's been an excellent saw also.
  1. 4 years ago
    i bought two when i bought my 029 16" 15 years ago,
    they sharpen well and stay sharp. I cut about 20 trees so far rotating these two chains. I have spent the last week researching chains and bars because I am going to add a longer bar. Looking at different brands. today I decided I can not find something better to purchase so I will order the bar/chain from stihl. Mine have been durable, easy to sharpen and they have been safe. I want to buy a much bigger the largest stihl. Will need to start picking up some lotto tickets to cover the cost.
  2. 5 years ago
    I can start it every time
    I am a 67 year old woman and cannot get my want to jobs done around our 27 acres. Got tired of please honey will you --- and got myself this lightweight easy start chainsaw. I love it and don't have to wait until he has time to do my jobs for me. Sometimes I have to go ask him if he is through with my chainsaw so I can use it. he loves it so much too.
  3. 1 year ago
    Plunge cutting dirty wood and still sharp
    Ok, so I tried plungeing into a tree for the first time a while ago now and was a bit nervous about kickback. So to ease my mind somewhat I put a 33RM-72 on the 20” bar and went for it. I’m sure it probably made little difference in the result but it worked with the “green safety chain” and “green bar” without kicking back at me. I was being pretty careful too! Someday I may give it a go with the RS chain but I’m on no rush since this seemed to work just fine. Nevertheless,, the semi chisel ... read more chain cut plenty fast enough for what I was doing with it and even in some dirty wood it seems to hold its edge quite well. I still haven’t dressed out the teeth and it cuts very well still. I can’t speak for the pro’s who use it daily, but for a homeowner, this seems like to way to go. Keeps an edge and is tollerant of dirty conditions, plus the added security of kickback bump stops. Pretty good bet for the weekend user!
  1. 4 years ago
    Good product
    Excellent performance of this products and easy to use
  2. 4 years ago
    For a person who needs one only a few times a year it is perfect
    I've had mine now for over 5 years and it is always ready to go. Unlike the gas models . I use mine on oak and cedar trees. In the five years I've only had to replace a switch.
  3. 4 years ago
    The MSE-250 is great if you have electric power access
    I picked up my MSE-250 a few weeks ago and have used it on a downed tree in my back yard. The saw is awesome in that it has great power and gets the job done quickly and is a dream to handle.
  1. 6 years ago
    Excellent tool, light weight, runs strong.
    I purchased this saw for personal use around small farm for pruning and cutting small firewood. I have two other larger saws sporting 16 and 20 inch bars that work well but are just too heavy for small work. This saw out runs them, strong acceleration, very good lube system, and easy to use oil and fuel filler caps. I would definitely recommend this saw for anyone needing easy start, reliability, and ease of use. Lightest saw I have and packs a lot of power.
  2. 4 years ago
    Better than I expected
    We prune a little over 1,500 fruit trees a year so I wanted a light saw. So I forked over almost as much money as I did for my MS261 and got a saw that appears to be slightly bigger and heavier than the toy saw my friend's 3 year old plays with. It took me about 2 cuts before I completely realized that this was the exact perfect saw for me with the quality of all stihl products. It really does cut with the precision of a hand saw. The engine runs smooth at all rpm, excellent on fuel, and uses ... read more very little bar oil. This combined with the low emission engine makes for a clean saw to run. Oh yeah, let's talk about the weight or lack thereof. That's why this saw costs what it does (you can buy 3 Ms170 for what this cost) but you get what you pay for. It is so light, it feels like it's going to float off into the atmosphere. It's a great saw that I had high hopes for and exceeded all expectations.
  3. 5 years ago
    Sweet saw for pruning trees.
    I own 3 other Stihl chainsaws. They all serve a purpose, but I really wanted a lightweight saw running a thin kerf chain for fine pruning, especially on fruit trees. I have owned a couple of orchards, and found they made much finer pruning cuts than any other chainsaws. This saw fits the bill perfectly! The cuts are very smooth and even, they look as good as if they were done with a hand saw. The saw is exceptionally light and well balanced. The motor has sufficient power for the fine cuts I ... read more make, but I thought it would run with a few more RPM's. (I am going to have the dealer double check the settings after I have some more hours on the saw). While I love the saw and highly recommend it, I do think it is over priced.
  1. 2 years ago
    Long Lasting Performance - RS Chain
    I bought a 20” Rollomatic and 2 RS Chains to break in a new MS661 R C-M Saw to keep the mileage off my RSK chain, and give the Saw some drag to load the motor for break in. I’m actually pretty impressed with how smoothe the chain cuts and it’s pretty quick for a safety chain. I’m cutting soft pine but It’s still razor sharp 2 tanks into the break in. The 2nd chain has not even come out of the box!!! It’s not as cheap as the “O” brand chain but I’m sold on it. I’d buy another one to keep around ... read more just for the small stuff.
  2. 5 years ago
    Works well, even for plunge cuts
    This the chain that came with my saw. I could have swapped it out for a non-safety chain but after having a couple friends of mine take chunks out of their nose from kickback I decided I would take the safety chain. The big thing I keep hearing is that you cannot plunge cut with a safety chain. This is a myth. Most of the wood I harvest is from windblown trees and I have to do plunge cuts to safely dropped them. I have done a number of plunge cuts without a problem. Keep it sharp and it will eat ... read more through wood like a hot knife through butter.
  1. 1 month ago
    Good power. Get a carbide chain right away
    Run saw 2 weeks and about50 hours so far. Running good. Power is great cutting large oak logs. Saw idles a little high and has a slight sputter when running full throttle. Its a heavy saw but cuts well enough that you can stay on saw all day and not get too tired to keep going. I have been having a hard time getting a carbide chain for it. Ff did not have one. Checked several places and no luck. I am cleaning up after a logging crew and cutting a lot of wood that has been partially buried in ... read more ground. Chain has taken a beating so far.
  2. 9 months ago
    Great, dependable big saw
    I got tired of working on the 20-30 year old Stihl saws we were still using and broke down and got this saw 3 years ago. If I would have known how good this saw was I would have bought a new one years ago. I use it to fall trees and cut up the trunks of the tree because it is big and heavy. If you have a sharp chain and know what you’re doing this saw will cut threw any size tree on its own. I have a 20’ and 25’ bar and chain and it runs both with ease.
  3. 4 years ago
    Great firewood saw!
    The ms391 is a great saw at a great price! I do tree work for a living and this saw performs as well as any pro stihl saw. It has great power and the anti-vibration set up is very well done. In cut this saw is probably the smoothest saw I have ever used along with the ms361. If you're a professional arborist don't be afraid to give this saw a try like anything it needs to be well maintained and it will take care of you. It is standard with a 20" bar and that is what it's best suited with. If ... read more your a homeowner you can run a 25" bar on it when needed because a larger saw may not be available. This saw is setup a little different than the old farm boss saws. The top of the saw has a one piece cover with encased screws in an effort to keep dust and debris from getting past the air filter. Keep the air filter clean and the chain sharp and you will love this saw.
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